Most Comfortable Electric Guitar To Play Seated?

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  1. slickfaster

    slickfaster Synchromatic

    Dec 29, 2009
    8669D711-2024-4E46-BD73-D0193DB47301.jpeg The Explorer shape sits on your lap perfectly and supports the forearm Amazingly well.. Agronomic perfection.
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  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I've got arthritis in my knees and my lower back at the hips. It hurts to stand for any length of time, so, seated is my preferred playing position. As I play acoustics usually, any regular guitar is comfortable, or as comfortable as it gets.
  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    You might not think it but a Firebird is also quite comfortable to play seated.

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  4. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I’ve always had an interest in Firebirds. It’s an amazing design.
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    This was really an ergonomic exercise. And it’s damn near perfect for my delicate 5.8’ ish physique.

    I built protos out of dense blue styro first. Key was how to angle the Gibson scale neck with my arms, so the guitar sits in front of the body instead of veering off towards either side.

    Firebirds, I adore the design, but the neck ends up way to the left of my body. I have a 32” scale bass that strains my back and arms in the same way. Firebirds and Explorers are really (ergonomically) most suited for players 6’ feet and over.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    I think the Flying V is the winner here.
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  7. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I agree!
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  8. Penguin

    Penguin Country Gent

    Nov 20, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    Yep! I find the Billy Bo really comfortable. Looks a bit flashy for my lack of talent but it feels great :)
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  9. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Always found a Tele comfortable to play seated
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  10. Jeff67

    Jeff67 Country Gent

    Nov 3, 2019
    Crockett, Texas
    I agree. In the days before mine was stolen, I almost always played it sitting. Perfect balance- not neck- heavy at all. I sure miss it...:(
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  11. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    Any 6120 for me sits well,and although i don't own one....yet;),Jazzmaster and Jaguar's feel pretty comfortable .

    But i get along with most geets sitting though.
  12. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Tele for the couch straight up, the fact the bridge sits a bit further back compared to my jets mean I can even recline back and still be play comfortably enough to the point I could fall asleep.

    Any other chair then anyone really, even the hollow bodies at 2.75' wide are still comfortable.

    Most uncomfortable guitar as much as I hate to say it is the Penguin, and the only reason for that is not the melita bridge as I can work with that easily enough, it's the stupid arm rest that digs straight into your arm because for some unknown reason gretsch can't match it to fit the body of the jets so both pointy ends stick up off the guitar, unless you fork out for a custom shop one which is perfect, just can't work that one out myself, I'd take it off but the thing is I actually like the look of the armrest on the guitar, but any way.
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  13. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Country Gent

    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    For the covid time being, I only play (practice) sitting. All of my guitars are comfortable, but for different reasons. But most comfortable? I’d have to say my Tele, though that is not the one I pick up and play most often.
  14. Scamp

    Scamp Electromatic

    Feb 22, 2018
    I found when sitting I didn't need my strap on my shoulder so I slip it off my shoulder and around my back. Stops my guitar from sliding
    I found when sitting I didn't need my strap so I slip it off my shoulder and around my back. Keeps my guitar from sliding, especially when playing an Ovation
  15. Scamp

    Scamp Electromatic

    Feb 22, 2018
    I agree..I have a Breadwinner and a Deacon 12 string.
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  16. Scamp

    Scamp Electromatic

    Feb 22, 2018
    I think only the Deacon came in a 12 string. The Breadwinner first came out with 6 pole pick up, as they called them. In 1975 they switched to 12 pole pickups. Also the end of Feb 1075 they went to 5 digit serial numbers.
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  17. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    For me it goes to my newer Offset Tele Fenders. I’ve never played the Jazzmaster. This Jazzmaster body balances perfectly while sitting on its own. Add to it the comfortable contours and belly cut and it feels like a dream to play sitting down. The first one felt so instantly right that I immediately sought out a second one.

  18. Pine Apple Slim

    Pine Apple Slim Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2011
    North Alabama
    Any archtop or acoustic works better for me seated than any slab. The Explorer being an exception.
    Given the choice tho I always prefer to stand and play.
    My rhythm is better when I can move around.
  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I played a mahogany one when they first came out and was astounded by how nice it felt and how well my right arm was supported.
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  20. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    oh gawd I'm in love w that one on the right!!! I should have NEVER sold my shell pink rutters telemaster or the rutters sonic blue cabro!! At least they were adopted by a member here.
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